//2012 Golden Globe Awards Predictions

2012 Golden Globe Awards Predictions

Argo FEATUREDJust a few days after the Oscar nominations land, we’re already thrust back into a radical contrast with the Golden Globe awards approaching fast. For once, however, they don’t seem so entirely superfluous, in spite of a nominations lineup that ignored The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Magic Mike entirely. Admittedly, though, the Academy missed that chance too, but the Golden Globes have some special opportunities that the Oscars don’t. Odds are in favor of an excessive batch of predictable wins, but deny nothing in a year as scatter-shot as this. All that in mind, let’s bare things down to predictions, complete with ‘will win/should win’ treatment.

ArgoBest Motion Picture – Drama
Will Win: Argo
Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty

Further Thoughts: Going off the assumption that the globes don’t usually give their dramatic prize to the Oscar winner, Argo just seems perfectly within the *Hollywood* Foreign Press Association’s tastes.

Silver Linings Playbook FEATUREDBest Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Will/Should Win: Silver Linings Playbook

Further Thoughts: Never doubt Weinstein. Though Les Miserables‘ sturgid musical production will certainly have strong advocates for its geriatric sensibilities, Russell’s woozy family affair Silver Linings Playbook will hit further home.

LincolnBest Actor – Drama
Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Should Win: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Further Thoughts: It’s somewhat gratifying to have one award that’s no-contest this season. Day-Lewis’ performance may be rivaled in history by Phoenix’s physically contorted work, but for this season, DDL has his legacy tied up in a bow.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 2013 Oscar Predictions, Best PictureBest Actor – Musical or Comedy
Will/Should Win: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Further Thoughts: Cooper’s got more of an edge over Jackman than you might suspect, partly due to the Weinstein factor, but he’s frankly fiercer than his competitors kindly work in Les Miserables. We’ll be seeing Silver Linings Playbook win over plenty hearts throughout the night.

Rust and Bone 2Best Actress – Drama
Will Win: Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Should Win: Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Further Thoughts: I’m going out on a limb for bragging rights. Cotillard’s 2008 win for La Vie En Rose put her on track to Oscar glory, and with Academy love being a non-factor her, I’d say her chances are good at having made a distinct impression. Jessica Chastain’s work on Zero Dark Thirty, while vigorous, may not dial quite into the HFPA’s hearts, and make no mistake, their heart is what motivates them.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) Jennifer Lawrence, 2013 Oscar Predictions, Best ActressBest Actress – Musical or Comedy
Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Should Win: Meryl Streep, Hope Springs (by a hair)

Further Thoughts: Streep got the love last year, in my opinion just too early to be acknowledged for her generation defining work in Hope Springs. Lawrence just appeals to a different, younger generation, and the manic velocity of her performance will benefit her quite deservedly here.

Django Unchained (2012) Leonardo DiCaprio, 2013 Oscar PredictionsBest Supporting Actor
Will Win: Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Should Win: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Further Thoughts: I suppose I am predicting an evening of Oscar shutouts, somewhat fondly towards those who don’t even have a shot at Oscar. I’m also counting on the HFPA being more susceptible to Weinstein’s charm, and DiCaprio looks like the wildcard performance people often seek in this race. But if they’re really feeling Lincoln, they could still go for Jones.

Les Miserables Review (2012) Anne Hathaway, MusicalBest Supporting Actress
Will Win: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Should Win: Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Further Thoughts: For some time I felt Sally Field may take this, but Hathaway is such a charismatic presence, as displayed well at the Critics Choice Awards. That combined with the raw emotional heft of her performance should make her the second sure thing of the season.

Ben-Affleck-in-Argo-2012Best Director
Will Win: Ben Affleck, Argo
Should Win: Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

Further Thoughts: See Best Picture explanation, though Bigelow’s assertiveness through Zero Dark Thirty could surprise here. Given that they favored Cameron three years ago, though, I doubt it.

Life of PiBest Screenplay
Will Win: Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Should Win: Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Original Score
Will Win: Life of Pi
Should Win: Anna Karenina

Wreck-It Ralph Review (2012) Vanellope, Sarah SilvermanBest Original Song
Will Win: “Suddenly” from Les Miserables
Should Win: “Skyfall” from Skyfall

Best Animated Feature
Will Win: Wreck-It Ralph
Should Win: Frankenweenie


The Intouchables (2012) France, Oscars, Best Foreign Film Oscar FinalistsBest Foreign Language Film
Will Win: The Intouchables
Should Win: Rust and Bone

And my television wishlist, just for kicks:

Best Series – Drama: Breaking Bad
Best Series – Musical or Comedy: Girls
Best Actor – Drama: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie
Best Actress – Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Best Supporting Actor: Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Best Supporting Actress: Sarah Paulson, Game Change

Born in California, resident in New Hampshire, Lena is film studies graduate with a intense passion for queer cinema, stop-motion animation and all things Greta Gerwig. Full Bio.